Digital guide to help hairdressers improve their work environment

In September 2020 Prevent and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute launched a digital guide to help hairdressers improve their work environment. The guide is part of a project managed by IVL, with funding from AFA Insurance, aiming to develop strategies and methods to improve hairdressers’ work environment in general. The digital guide contains a knowledge bank and training materials for hairdressing teachers.

Prevent is a voluntary organisation owned by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation and the Swedish Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent research institute that combines applied research and development with close collaboration between industry and the public sector. Work environment is one of their focus areas. The goal is to reduce occupational injuries and improve the working environment in Swedish workplaces.

The guide to improve the work environment for hairdressers is developed by Prevent in collaboration with IVL and a reference group consisting of representatives from the employers’ organisation Frisörföretagarna and Handels, the Commercial Employees’ Union. Future First was selected to handle the concept development and to develop the training materials for the hairdressing teachers.

The challenge

Reaching out with facts about working methods to prevent future problems to a target group that tends to focus more on the present. To design a training material to be used in several ways and in different contexts.

The solution

A website developed by Prevent and IVL for students as well as experienced hairdressers, no matter if they are employees, rent a chair or manage their own hairdressing salon.

Instructive videos for training and inspiration.

Training material divided into five lessons, including a teacher’s guide and different types of exercises.

The result

The digital guide was launched during 2020. The most popular pages are about working procedures, allergenic substances and the training material.